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Floods cause havoc for farms at critical stage for crops

Journal Sentinel

Nearly every acre of corn and soybeans in Lafayette and Grant counties has been affected to some degree, according to University of Wisconsin Extension agents.

“We would like to see things settle down into a nice regular pattern of rainfall. If that happens, we could see good crop yields,” said Ted Bay, a UW Extension crops and farm management agent for Grant and Lafayette counties.

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Record-breaking rainfall inundates Door County

Green Bay Press Gazette

The other dominant crops grown in the county — corn, soy, wheat and alfalfa — also may be affected by the weather, but the final damage results won’t be known until harvest time, said Annie Deutsch, the UW-Extension agriculture agent for Door and Kewaunee counties.

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‘The desire is there’: Young farmers cropping up in Marathon County

Wausau Daily Herald

Heather Schlesser is an agriculture educator at the Marathon County branch of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, which means that she works with farmers of all ages. Mostly, she said, she sees farms passed in succession from an aging parent to sons and daughters who will continue the work.

But increasingly, she’s seeing younger people with no background in farming.

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Heavy rains bring high numbers of floodwater mosquitoes

 Channel 3000

“Mosquitoes certainly are out in force.  I mean this is Wisconsin, after all.  We’ve had a lot of rain this year, so it is not surprising the mosquito numbers we’re seeing, but they seem to have really picked up in the last couple of weeks,” said P.J. Liesch, extension entomologist with UW-Madison.

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Couple’s ‘micro-mini farm’ venture began as a hobby

Journal Sentinel

Whether you’re a city slicker hoping to grow a few vegetables or an aspiring urban farmer, the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Milwaukee County is a good place to start.

According to the Extension website, the community garden program, which began in 1972, now rents to something like 500 families on 75 acres of land around the county.

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Strong Showing for Kewaunee County Farm Tech Days

Wisconsin Ag Connection

Extension Agent Aerica Bjurstrom says the county did a good job showcasing its vibrant agricultural community, which employs about a quarter of the county’s workforce by providing over 2,600 jobs. Its dairy industry is made up of a mixture of larger free-stall set-ups as well as traditional smaller farms; and is among Wisconsin’s top 10 dairy counties for overall production.

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Farmers share ideas at Forage Council meeting

Wisconsin State Farmer

Heidi Johnson, Dane County UW Extension, has been working on cover crop monitoring with farmers in that area.  She reported on the on-going project and says, “First you need to think about your goal when establishing cover crops.”

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Rainfall setback for Monroe County farmers

The Tomah Journal

Bill Halfman, Monroe County UW-Extension agent, said Wednesday’s rainfall made work more difficult for local dairy farmers.

“Obviously we’ve had a lot of rain,” Halfman said. “It’s definitely creating a situation where making hay is very difficult to do. We’ve got soft fields and some erosion on the steeper slopes.”

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Host family honored at Farm Technology Days

WBAY

Farm Technology Days in Kewaunee County kicked off its first of three days on Tuesday showing off what the world of agriculture has to offer in our community.

It’s about 400 acres of all things farming.

The Eberts are the host family this year. They are a seven generation farming family.

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